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1st Annual Headtorch Marathon

28-Dec-2018 Mickleham Village Hall, Surrey, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
44KM / 27Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £0 GBP

A totally free social event to say thanks to everyone who supported Mark and myself throughout the past year with our Wednesday groups, Summer Ultra & the craziness that was Clue-Doh!

Starting at 7.30pm it will follow the same format as last year, in it being a guided run over the Surrey Hills. The main difference is we've now got an indoor venue to start & finish from. Those mince pies will be eaten this year.

We're limited to 60 places so make sure you sign up early. In the event of over subscription, a ballot will be held although we will have a number of secured places for regular contributors of the group.

***Mandatory kit list includes Headtorch & of course a Canary. No Canary, no run.***

Entries will close by 1st November.


Event Organiser
Allan Rumbles



Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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01:52 16-01-19

I ran this in December 2018. What's not to like!

Enjoying the company of people you've spent time with on the trails at different races and meeting new runners. Getting in some post Christmas miles, climbing and mud. Exchanging nutritional tips, penguin biscuits, half a snickers and a shot of whiskey (I've previously being doing it all wrong).

A superbly well organised run, for a very good cause.

I'm already looking forward to my 3rd 1st Annual Headtorch Marathon.

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06:26 12-01-19

Amazing night out. Totally different concept of a mass group run that's free. No racing just a big old social run out followed by drinks and food at the village hall. This was my second run at this and it was another fantastic event. It started at 7:30 and finished about 3am with some of the best trail running in Surrey to burn off the Christmas turkey. After we got back we had the raffle, food and tea or beer if thats your thing. Think i rolled in about 7am.

Allan and Mark arranged everything and what a job they did! We even had finishers tshirts and certificates. There was a charity raffle too with great prizes. So many people donated and so much money was raised it was a joy to be part of.

Roll on the 2019 event. My name will be at the top of the list.

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03:24 12-01-19

Friendly, informal and fun, a great way to burn off the mince pies

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12:39 12-01-19

I ran this in December 2018, what a bizarrely bonkers & brilliant run!

Starting at 7:30pm on a Friday night when most people are are pulling on their finest for a night on the town a group of c.40 intrepid runners donned head torches & trails shoes & headed off for a guided marathon in the Surrey Hills.

We climbed, 4,300ft of climbs (aka VERY hilly), wound our way along tiny single track trails, flew down tricky steep bike tracks, splashed through muddy puddles, clambered over styles & sprinted across fields that *may* have be home to cows & bulls in them.

10 miles in saw us at the second highest point in the South East, Leith Hill Tower, for an impromptu mulled wine aid station. At 2am we were climbing the steps to the top of Box Hill, pausing to look out over the twinkling light of the towns below.

This was an expertly conceived & designed, but incredibly tough, run. The difficulty of which should not be underestimated. It was wonderfully organised & led throughout. Running as a group, this was not a race, we chatted, laughed, shared snacks & our love of trail running. A sweeper ran at the rear to ensure no one was left behind & several of the group had the route loaded onto handheld gps devises as back-up.

Give me a hill, a muddy trail & great company over a bar, club & dance floor any Friday night. Running through pitch black forests & the silence of the night time trail with the the only sound being the hoot on a owl far outweighed the toughness of the miles, I cannot recommend this run enough, I’ll be there for the 3rd 1st Annual Headtorch Runs Marathon in 2019.

Absolutely brilliant.

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04:20 11-01-19

I ran this in Dec 2018. Lovely trails around Surrey a stones throw from London. Plenty of hills to break up the route and even an impromptu aid station with mulled wine and biscuits. Was amazing to go up box hill steps not long before finishing back at the village hall for food and a raffle.

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Peaks Princess

03:37 11-01-19

I ran this in December 2018 and had a great laugh. Mark Thornberry designed the course and it was a fantastic run - considering we were running through the heart of Surrey, not far from London, we barely touched any road except to cross it. Fabulous trails through woods and fields even though it was dark (although I already have plans to go back and run it in daylight). Do not be fooled, however, by this being called a marathon. This is a very hard run, just over marathon length, with over 4,000ft of elevation, which is surprisingly hard when it's 2am in the morning!! Allan organised this social event very well, ensuring no one got left behind and no entrant got lost (you notice I stress entrant there ;)) and there were people who knew where we were going spaced out through the group.
I highly recommend this run to get rid of the Christmas excesses and kick start your New Year training plan!

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